Singer, songwriter Tony DeSare performs with the Ocean City Pops Big Band Sunday at the Ocean City Music Pier. (www.tonydesare.com) By Maddy VitaleTony DeSare is not just a crooner with a smooth voice that can lull a baby to sleep or liven up a concert hall with his Big Band swing.He wouldn’t be satisfied just to be all of that – even though he pleases fans around the globe.He is a pianist, a songwriter, a composer, an audio engineer, shoots, edits and records all of his own videos.“I think that is what makes me different,” DeSare said in a phone interview shortly before getting on the road Wednesday afternoon.The reason audiences pack his venues from jazz clubs, to theaters and concert halls is simple.“I tell audiences I try to cover a little bit of the last century of pop music. I love great songs – classic pop songs. I will also throw originals in,” he explained. “The idea is, I really like to think of it not so much like a concert, but entertainment. I try to make it spontaneous and unpredictable. I go from a Cole Porter song to Prince.”One of DeSare’s favorite songs to perform is one of his own creations titled, “How I will say I love you.”“If I had a most popular song, it is that one. It has been used over the years in lots of weddings,” he noted.The audience at the Ocean City Music Pier will be swooned and entertained by DeSare in his concert “Tony DeSare Fly Me to the Moon” Sunday night with the Ocean City Pops Big Band.The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $20. DeSare will perform songs by Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, the Bee Gees, and Billy Joel as well as some of his own and the timeless classics of Frank Sinatra.DeSare, who grew up in upstate New York, said he will be experiencing Ocean City for the first time and is looking forward to it.“I am very excited about going there,” he noted. “We are going to have a good time. I heard the Pops are great.”DeSare didn’t surprise with his answer as to who was his biggest influence.“It is Frank Sinatra. He is the first real pop star to sing with a microphone and make it an art form. He really was the model. Before him was Bing Crosby, but Bing didn’t take it to his level,” he said.But singing and a love for jazz came after DeSare’s entrance into the musical world through his love of the piano.“My parents didn’t listen to jazz growing up. I fell in love with the piano,” he said. “I loved jazz and all the greats in the golden age of songwriters – the Great American Songbook. That model where people came up with great songs doesn’t exist the same today. Today it is more about beat and production than it is about the song.”DeSare takes his fans back to the golden age of songs, paying homage to the classics by putting a fresh twist on it, he said.He has seven albums to his credit with three top 10 Billboard jazz albums and has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances, according to his website.And it all started nearly 20 years ago, and times have definitely changed for the performer.“I moved to New York City in 1999. When I first moved there I would walk by the jazz club Birdland, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. I wouldn’t even have enough money to buy a ticket,” he said with a chuckle. “Over the years, I performed at every single one of them. They are definitely checked off my bucket list.”Tony DeSare loves performing the classics by Frank Sinatra. (Courtesy www.tonydesare.com)DeSare lives with his wife Daisy and their 5-year-old son Christopher in the Atlanta area and also have a home in New York City. A strong family is what keeps him grounded. he said.“I fly just about every week,” he said. “Daisy and I have been married for six years. She is very supportive of me and understands I have to travel for my job.”He carries with him one thought touring throughout the United States and Canada.“Being able to communicate with music is something very unique that you couldn’t do just by speaking,” he said. “There is something special and magical that happens with music I don’t think we even understand.”Tickets to the show Tony DeSare Fly Me to the Moon are $25 and $20. Call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. To learn more about Tony DeSare visit www.tonydesare.com.Tony DeSare performs around the globe. (www.tonydesare.com)
Fiddler on the Roof View Comments Related Shows Judy Kuhn Tony nominee Judy Kuhn will step into the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, taking over for Jessica Hecht as Golde beginning November 22. The revival, helmed by Bartlett Sher and starring Danny Burstein, will play its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on December 31.Kuhn earned her fourth Tony nomination for her performance as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home, which concluded its Broadway run on September 10. She also received nominations for She Loves Me—Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s predecessor to Fiddler—Les Miserables and Chess. Her additional Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rags and King David on stage and the singing voice of Pocahantas in the 1995 Disney animated film.In addition to Hecht and Burstein, the current cast of Fiddler on the Roof includes Alexandra Silber as Tzeitel, Samantha Massell as Hodel, Melanie Moore as Chava, Adam Kantor as Motel, Ben Rappaport as Perchik, Nick Rehberger as Fyedka, Adam Dannheisser as Lazar Wolf, Alix Korey as Yente and Dee Roscioli as Fruma Sarah.Hecht will next appear on Broadway in the Roundabout revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price, beginning performances at the American Airlines Theatre on February 16, 2017. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016
The possible impeachment of President Trump is gaining momentum in the US House.On Thursday, the House passed a Democratic resolution, which moves the impeachment process into a new phase, one that includes public hearings.The investigation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been conducted behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, where multiple government officials and witnesses have been called to testify.But the hearings will now be brought into the public eye after the result of Thursday’s House vote.The measure drafted by House Democrats lays out the ground rules for public hearings, provides procedures for the president and his counsel to respond to evidence, and sets out the process for considering articles of impeachment in the Judiciary Committee and the full House.Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry last month after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but has adamantly denied any wrongdoing in the matter, slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”Shortly after the scandal went viral, the Trump administration released the unredacted, declassified transcript of the controversial conversation in which the Department of Justice concluded that he did not break the law.But US officials opted to move forward with the impeachment inquiry as it moves into a new phase as of Thursday.
An Oklahoma police officer is behind bars on murder charges in Florida in connection to the death of his police chief.Officials say 44-year-old Lucky Miller was found dead in his Hilton hotel room Sunday evening after security was called to the room over reports of a disturbance.Michael Patrick Nealey, 49, was arrested and charged with murder Monday after what authorities described as an alcohol-fueled brawl in a Florida Panhandle hotel room between himself and the victim.Police said there was no weapon found at the scene, and a cause of death has not been revealed at this time.The lawmen traveled to the sunshine state for a conference and were staying at the Hilton hotel in Pensacola Beach, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.Nealey is being held at the Escambia County Jail without bond.He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 5.An interim police chief has been appointed to the town of Mannford, Okla. for the time being.Miller had been police chief since 2007 and is survived by his wife, Amber, and three children, city officials said.“We are heartbroken by the news,” Mannford Mayor Tyler Buttram said in a statement Monday. “Please keep both families in your prayers as we work to move forward.”No other information is available at this time.
Two Florida men apparently took the spirit of Christmas a bit too far up.According to the Largo Police Department, 28-Shay Tracy and 27-year-old Alex Laky recently decided to climb a 35-foot Christmas tree in Largo’s Central Park early Friday morning. Two people witnessed the incident, one of whom is a City of Largo employee.Tracy and Laky have been charged with criminal mischief. The police report states the suspects threw and broke ornaments, causing $250 in damage during the 4 a.m. incident.
A man was caught on tape trying to kill a dog near Ocean Drive and 13th Street, Sunday afternoon.The video shows a man choking the dog with the leash, and yanking him to the ground.Witnesses were screaming and crying in hopes that the man would stop. Others stepped in and held down the dog’s attacker, 51-year-old Louis Sepulveda, until police arrived.Sepulveda was arrested and is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.There is currently no word on the dog’s well-being.Full video and story on wsvn.com.,A man was caught on tape trying to kill a dog near Ocean Drive and 13th Street, Sunday afternoon.The video shows a man choking the dog with the leash, and yanking him to the ground.Witnesses were screaming and crying in hopes that the man would stop. Others stepped in and held down the dog’s attacker, 51-year-old Louis Sepulveda, until police arrived.Sepulveda was arrested and is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.There is currently no word on the dog’s well-being.Full video and story on wsvn.com.
Facebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region Olympic National ForestOlympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. Temperature and precipitation outlooks continue to indicate warm, dry conditions extending through the summer season. This had led to above normal potential for significant fire activity.Federal land managers are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared for an active fire season. There has been close communication and coordination with federal, state, and local resources to ensure prompt response to any reported fires.If conditions continue to worsen, some level of fire restrictions will most likely be implemented. The purpose is to reduce the ignition potential during periods of high fire danger. These restrictions are coordinated amongst land managers to ensure clear communication to park and forest visitors.The public is urged to be aware of the increasing fire danger and take precautions to ensure fire safety. Visitors to national parks and forests should always use caution to prevent human-caused wildfires. To reduce the risk, please consider the following:Fireworks are prohibited on federal public lands.Before going camping, learn of any fire restrictions in place and never leave a campfire unattended. Ensure campfires are completely out before leaving the camping area.If smoking, always dispose of cigarette debris in some type of an ashtray.To report a fire dial 911. Updated fire danger and fire information will be posted on the park and forest websites.How to Extinguish a Campfire: smokeybear.com/Active Fire Information- Incident Information System: inciweb.nwcg.gov/Olympic National Park information: www.nps.gov/olym/Olympic National Forest information: www.fs.usda.gov/olympicMount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest information: www.fs.usda.gov/mbsState and county area burn bans: www.waburnbans.net
To represent Nelson at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Field Hockey Championships next month in North Vancouver, the L.V. Rogers Bombers need to play a few more games.J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail scored in the first minute en route to a 1-0 victory over the Bombers in the final of the West Kootenay Field Hockey Championships Wednesday at Pass Creek Park in Castlegar. The win was the first of the season for Crowe over LVR.The Bombers now take the back door route to provincials, competing in a Wild Card Game against #2 Okanagan and the #3 Fraser Valley Teams Tuesday (October 29), in Kelowna on the Mission Creek Turf Fields.If the Bombers win the final, it’s off to the AA Provincials in North Vancouver on November 6-8.Check out the Bombers athletics page at www.lvr.sd8.bc.ca
Kerry says there continues to be some great days for fishing. Here’s what’s on tap for December.Kootenay Lake: After spending every second day on the water during the month of November, it has become apparent that the fish are definitely heavier than they were in the spring. While it may be a double edged sword compromising our Kokanee stocks, the Rainbows and Bull Trout have definitely been feeding. This has provided us with some great days of fishing. Lots of days consist of catching 12 – 20 fish each day. So, there is still no lack of action for our customers. Rainbows between 2 – 6 pounds have been caught lately and Bull Trout between 2 – 8 pounds have been coming in. Nice sized fish for the barbecue. Our latest trip saw a group of locals join us for their year end staff outing. The morning started out a bit windy and rough, but we managed to find some calmer waters to enjoy our day. And even though the boat has a heated cabin, I noticed most of the guys were spending most of the time outside because of the excitement. The day started off with a bang! We only managed to get two lines in the water before the first fish hit. And within five minutes, the second fish hit! I thought this was going to be a busy morning. But then, the switch turned off. So, for the next couple hours, we spent most time inside the cabin of the boat playing cards and sharing stories. Until it was time to light the barbecue. And, as expected, just when we were all eating lunch, the switch turned on again! Six more fish within the next half hour made for a lot of excitement, and a lot of food and drinks being spilled, but that’s secondary. And throughout the rest of the afternoon, the fish would consistently bite about every 15 minutes. So, an average day turned into an amazing day of fishing.And that’s why we keep going. You just never know! Now that winter is here and the snow is coming, we expect to see the usual influx of tourists and skiers, which will keep us busy throughout the winter months. Looking forward to teaming up with the resorts to offer some extraordinary packages. Skiing and Fishing during the same holiday has enticed a lot of new comers to our area. In fact, one of my groups from Colorado who book an annual ski trip each year to different destinations, said this year they chose Nelson because they found out that they could spend a day on the lake fishing also. Just another perk about living in the West Koots. Looking forward to the next couple months on the lake.Columbia River: We did manage to spend a few days on the river this past month also. The water levels were low and the fish were congregated. This made for some great action on the fly rods and centerpins. A couple of days we averaged 15 – 20 hook-ups. Thats pretty good for fall/winter fishing on the river. And then a couple other days managed to hook into 6 – 10 fish, which is still a pretty good day. Any days a good day when you’re on the water. Most fish were between 2 – 4 pounds, although, we did have one fish battle us on a 6wt fly rod for about 10 minutes until he decided to shake to hook. Probably a double digit fish. Just keeps us coming back. Hoping to get a few trips during December when the weather allows. This is definitely a year round fishery. Stay tuned…………What are they biting on??On the main lake, we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the surface on bucktail flies. Also getting a bunch of Rainbows on the down rigger between 100 – 130 feet on the usual Flasher/Hoochie set up, or my latest favorite is the Highliner flasher with the Skinny G spoons. The hot colors for flies on our boat have been #204, 214, 215, 221, 234. Or common colors of Black/white, grey/white, with coloured mylar in green or rainbow colors. The best flashers of late have been the Gibbs Highliner flashers in my favourite colors of Lemon Lime, or the Green Striper, combined with the G-force spoons in common patterns of ‘Trap Shack’, ‘Irish Cream’, and ‘No Bananas’. And, on the river we have been catching on a few different set-ups. Fly fishing with a sink tip line and a woolly bugger has been quite productive. Also float fishing with bait, or bottom fishing with bait is producing a lot of fish as well. Looking forward to catching some of the biggest fish the river has to offer throughout the winter months. Hope this helps with your next adventure.Tight lines………………. Kerry Reed Reel Adventureswww.reeladventuresfishing.com It’s time for the best fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing.